In a farewell letter to Congress on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged lawmakers to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s education agenda, while imploring them to shield Trump administration policies that Biden has promised to eliminate.

In farewell, DeVos urges Congress to reject Biden’s policies | PBS NewsHour

In other words, she would like lawmakers to ignore the will of a majority of the American electorate because she’s afraid of public education.


PVOD guessing game

Studios so far are declining to reveal their PVOD earnings, save for the lone case of Universal and Trolls World Tour. Trolls cost $19.99 for a 48-hour rental, which has quickly become an industry standard. While this lack of disclosure prevents analysts from judging a film’s standing, it seems crystal clear that big tentpoles with a budget of $100 million-plus need a theatrical release to be financially viable — which is why almost every mega-event pic slated for 2020 has been delayed for theatrical release. The reach of the global box office in terms of merchandising, establishing franchises and generating billions in ticket sales cannot be replicated.

Skipping Theaters? Hollywood Studios Weigh Risks of PVOD | Hollywood Reporter

There’s a lot to unpack here, but at some point studios are going to have to fish or cut bait. The two options that occur to me as to why they’re not reporting PVOD numbers are:

A) The revenue is so poor they don’t want to look like fools and scare investors, or

B) The revenue is so good they don’t want to scare exhibitors, who are already honked off at this entire situation.

letter to you

This album is incredible on a number of levels. The songs are some of Springsteen’s best in 20 years, the quick, unrehearsed nature of recording makes the E Street Band sound more vital than a dozen guys their age have any right to, and Max Weinberg’s snare drum continues to be the world’s leading source of renewable energy.

sick leave

The new sick leave provision prevented 400 coronavirus cases per day per state in the U.S., according to the paper from researchers at Cornell University and KOF Swiss Economic Institute in Zurich. That roughly translates to 15,000 cases prevented in the United States, or one prevented COVID-19 case for every 1,300 workers. The researchers did not look at mortality rates.

Paid Sick Leave Significantly Reduces COVID-19 Cases, Study Finds | HuffPost

Now do Literally Every Other Communicable Disease.

the chicks

The Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, are the best-selling female band of all time in the U.S. But they may be known just as much for a comment lead singer Natalie Maines made during the lead-up to the Iraq War — and the outcry that followed, in which the group was virtually banned from country radio. Fourteen years after their last album, the Chicks are back

Leaving Dixie behind, the Chicks get even more personal — and political | PBS NewsHour

Regular reminder that the same political movement that now decries “cancel culture” as an overt liberal attack on free speech worked overtime to cancel this band.


In all, 137 million Americans own stock, either directly or through an investment fund — that’s 15 million more people than voted in the last national election. We can use that position as shareholders to push companies to our long-term interests and our deeper values.

Climate change is not a priority to most companies. Here’s how to hold them accountable. – Vox

It’s a good notion, but it overlooks the fact that most stock ownership outside the top 10% of the nation’s wealthiest citizens, is via 401(k) accounts that individuals don’t exactly have a lot of control over.